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Army Regulation 25?50

Information Management: Records Management

Preparing and Managing Correspondence

Headquarters Department of the Army Washington, DC 17 May 2013

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SUMMARY of CHANGE

AR 25?50 Preparing and Managing Correspondence

This administrative revision, dated 6 July 2015--

o Makes administrative changes to paragraph text (paras 3-6c, 6-5c, and 65c(8)).

o Makes administrative changes to table text (table C-4).

o Makes administrative changes to figures (figs 3-1 and D-7).

o Removes acronym "standing operating procedure" from the abbreviations section (glossary).

This major revision, dated 17 May 2013--

o Transfers proponency for the Army's correspondence program from the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 to the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army (para 1-4a).

o Allows for the use of Army Knowledge Online and Defense Knowledge Online instant messaging for organizational and individual information transfer (para 1-7e).

o Adds policy to capitalize "Soldier" for internal Army correspondence (para 113a).

o Adds policy to capitalize "Family" for internal Army correspondence (para 113b).

o Adds policy to capitalize "Civilian" for internal Army correspondence when referring to U.S. Department of the Army civilians and used in conjunction with Soldier and/or Family (para 1-13c).

o Changes preferred font to Arial, point size 12 (paras 1-17a and 1-17b).

o Allows for the use of courtesy copy on letters (para 1-19d).

o Adds reference to Public Law 111-274 (Plain Writing Act of 2010) (paras 1-10 and 1-36a).

o Allows for the optional use of Army Records Information Management System record numbers after the office symbol on Army correspondence (para 2-4a(2)).

o Revises policy on reducing cost and expediting distribution of official mail (chap 5).

o Standardizes signature blocks for all retired military personnel (para 6-6).

o Makes administrative changes (throughout).

Headquarters Department of the Army Washington, DC 17 May 2013

*Army Regulation 25?50

Effective 17 June 2013

Information Management: Records Management

Preparing and Managing Correspondence

History. This publication is an administrative revision. The portions affected by this administrative revision are listed in the summary of change.

Summary. This regulation establishes three forms of correspondence authorized for use within the Army: a letter, a memorandum, and a message.

Applicability. This regulation applies to the Active Army, the Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United

States, and the U.S. Army Reserve, unless otherwise stated.

Proponent and exception authority. The proponent of this regulation is the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. The proponent has the authority to approve exceptions or waivers to this regulation that are consistent with controlling law and regulations. The proponent may delegate this approval authority, in writing, to members of the Senior Executive Service within the proponent agency. Activities may request an exception or waiver to this regulation by providing justification that includes a full analysis of the expected benefits and a formal review by the activity's senior legal officer. All requests for exceptions or waivers will be endorsed by the commander or senior leader of the requesting activity and forwarded through their higher headquarters to the proponent. Refer to AR 25?30 for specific guidance.

Army internal control process. This regulation contains internal control provisions and provides an internal control evaluation for use in evaluating key internal controls (see appendix F).

Supplementation. Supplementation of this regulation and establishment of command or local forms are prohibited without prior approval from the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army (SAAA), 105 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310?0105.

Suggested improvements. Users are invited to submit comments and suggested improvements on DA Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) directly to U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency, Records Management Division (AAHS?RDR?C), 7701 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA 22315?3860.

Distribution. This publication is available in electronic media only and is intended for command levels A, B, C, D, and E for the Active Army, the Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United States, and the U.S. Army Reserve.

Contents (Listed by paragraph and page number)

Chapter 1 Preparing Correspondence, page 1

Section I General, page 1 Purpose ? 1?1, page 1 References ? 1?2, page 1 Explanation of abbreviations and terms ? 1?3, page 1 Responsibilities ? 1?4, page 1 Restrictions to this regulation ? 1?5, page 1 Objectives ? 1?6, page 1

Section II General Correspondence Guidance, page 1

*This regulation supersedes AR 25?50, dated 3 June 2002.

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Contents--Continued

Methods of communication ? 1?7, page 1 Direct communications ? 1?8, page 2 Routing through channels ? 1?9, page 2 Writing quality ? 1?10, page 2 Exclusive For correspondence ? 1?11, page 2

Section III Specific Correspondence Guidance, page 2 Dissemination of command instructions ? 1?12, page 2 Unique capitalization ? 1?13, page 2 Abbreviations, brevity codes, and acronyms ? 1?14, page 2 Letterhead ? 1?15, page 3 Paper ? 1?16, page 3 Type fonts and sizes ? 1?17, page 3 Ink color ? 1?18, page 3 Copies ? 1?19, page 3 Classified and special handling correspondence ? 1?20, page 3 Identifying a point of contact ? 1?21, page 4 Identifying the originating office ? 1?22, page 4 Expressing a date ? 1?23, page 4 Expressing time ? 1?24, page 4 Suspense date ? 1?25, page 4 Addressing ? 1?26, page 4 Postscripts ? 1?27, page 4 References ? 1?28, page 4 Page and paragraph numbering ? 1?29, page 5 Using boldface and italic type for emphasis ? 1?30, page 5 Distribution formulas ? 1?31, page 5 Identifying and listing enclosures ? 1?32, page 5 Nine-digit ZIP code (ZIP+4 code) ? 1?33, page 5 North Atlantic Treaty Organization correspondence ? 1?34, page 5 Recordkeeping requirements for delegations of signature authority ? 1?35, page 5

Section IV Effective Writing and Correspondence: The Army Writing Style, page 6 Standards for Army writing ? 1?36, page 6 Constructing military correspondence ? 1?37, page 6

Chapter 2 Preparing Memorandums, page 6 General ? 2?1, page 6 Use ? 2?2, page 6 General rules ? 2?3, page 6 Format ? 2?4, page 7 Multiple-page memorandums ? 2?5, page 8 Memorandum of understanding or memorandum of agreement ? 2?6, page 8 Memorandum for record ? 2?7, page 9

Chapter 3 Preparing Letters, page 32 General ? 3?1, page 32 Use ? 3?2, page 32 Response phrases ? 3?3, page 32 Abbreviations ? 3?4, page 32 General rules ? 3?5, page 32

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Contents--Continued

Format ? 3?6, page 32

Chapter 4 Listing Enclosures, Placing Tabs, and Assembling Correspondence, page 40 General ? 4?1, page 40 Enclosures ? 4?2, page 40 Tabbing enclosures ? 4?3, page 41 Tabbing correspondence packages ? 4?4, page 41

Chapter 5 Processing Correspondence and Official Mail, page 43

Section I Cost Reduction Methods, page 43 Reducing mail costs ? 5?1, page 43 Disseminating correspondence via messenger envelopes ? 5?2, page 43

Section II Envelopes, page 43 Size ? 5?3, page 43 Folding and fastening ? 5?4, page 43 Preparing envelopes for mailing ? 5?5, page 43 Address locations on larger than letter-sized (flat) mail ? 5?6, page 44

Section III Addressing Mail, page 44 Delivery address ? 5?7, page 44 Return address ? 5?8, page 45 Addressing ? 5?9, page 45 Address format ? 5?10, page 45 Address content ? 5?11, page 46 "To the Commander of _____" ? 5?12, page 47

Chapter 6 Preparing Authority Lines, Signatures, and Signature Blocks, page 48

Section I Delegation of Authority, page 48 Delegation of signature authority ? 6?1, page 48 Delegation of authority line ? 6?2, page 48

Section II Signatures and Signature Blocks, page 49 Signatures ? 6?3, page 49 Signature block ? 6?4, page 49 Personnel on active duty ? 6?5, page 51 Retired military personnel ? 6?6, page 52 Army Reserve personnel not on active duty ? 6?7, page 52 Civilian personnel and contract surgeons ? 6?8, page 52 Signatures of subordinates ? 6?9, page 52 Auto-pen signature ? 6?10, page 52 Addressing retired military ? 6?11, page 53

Chapter 7 Using Prescribed Forms and Labels, page 53 General ? 7?1, page 53

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